Michael Owen has sparked Newcastle United fans into a frenzy after he tweeted about the Magpies on Tuesday night.
Owen is not a popular figure with Newcastle fans after his failed move to St James’ Park during his career. The Magpies splashed out a club-record fee of £16.8million to land the striker from Real Madrid in 2009. Injury issues followed, and fans doubted the former England international’s commitment during his time with the club.
Owen did manage 26 goals in 71 Premier League appearances, but he did not live up to his fee during his four years at the club, and he is not looked upon favourably by most as a result.
In fact, most Newcastle fans don’t even like it when Owen mentions the club, and the latest example of that came on Tuesday night, ahead of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup semi-final win over Southampton, a win that saw them reach the Carabao Cup final.
Owen tweeted: “I may not be a fans favourite up there but I’d be absolutely delighted to see my old club get through to The @Carabao_Cup Final tonight. @NUFC v @ManUtd would be an awesome final.”
On the back of that tweet, Newcastle fans responded pretty firmly. Here’s what some fans had to say on Twitter.
The_Farmster - “I will give you credit where it’s due, Michael. You can read the room.”
Nicr1985 - “Although I’m not a fan due to your attitude when you played for Newcastle (and since) I will agree that a Newcastle vs Man United final will be very entertaining.”
131Tez - “Looks like it will be a Newcastle United vs Man United final. So who is your loyalty with.. The team that went all out for you or the team you scampered away to?”
AWWilde1 - “Nope, an awesome final would be Newcastle #nufc v Forest #nffc two clubs with genuine fans and no feelings of entitlement.”
SoloDanny0 - “It’s a shame you can’t go because of your injury.”
JackStanley86 - “Kindly don’t comment on NUFC.”
MentalMickyRyan - “Not one Geordie would back you to support us in a final against Man Utd. I’m more than willing to stand corrected but something tells me otherwise.”
Pales84 - “You played for Newcastle?”
Footballkitfan1 - “May not be a fans favourite” understatement of the day!”
Staceyrandomnes - “You’re the only one who can unite Liverpool, Man U and Newcastle fans into an agreement.”